VAUGHT: Lumpkin wants a warm bowl game

Kentucky defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin spent six games on the sidelines with a hip injury. Lumpkin says he is now healthy and back on the field for the Cats. The former "Mr. Football" for Class AAAA in Tennessee said, "These next two are big, not only for me, but the whole team. If we win out, there are so many better bowl possibilities, a warmer bowl.

Freshman defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin smiles broadly when he gets asked now how he feels.

"I am fully healthy with no problems. It has been really good getting back out there and not worrying about anything. I am not sore, just running around and doing what I love to do," said Lumpkin, who missed six games with a hip injury.

He knows what is at stake in the next two games, too.

"These next two are big, not only for me, but the whole team. If we win out, there are so many better bowl possibilities, a warmer bowl. I love Nashville (for the Music City Bowl), but we don't want to go back there. You always want to do better. Everyone wants to go somewhere warm and anything is possible if we win out. And we can win out," Lumpkin said.

No matter where Kentucky goes for a bowl game, Lumpkin understands what the extra month of practice will mean.

"It will be real big for me. I missed a lot of practice, about a month and a half. That extra practice for a bowl game will be good. It is an extra month of practice and preparation. It is big for young guys to get experience. It helped me last year during my redshirt season. We got more time out there to learn the system in that extra month and got to run around and be physical. You can learn a lot then," he said.

He also knows how much he enjoyed beating Vanderbilt, since he is from close to Nashville, or would like to beat Tennessee next week.

"To me, it is a big deal playing Vanderbilt or Tennessee," Lumpkin said. "Just like the Georgia boys going home this week to play Georgia. People there know them. You know everyone when you go back home. I went to Vanderbilt and knew half the team. It was a big deal. When I go to Tennessee, I am going to know some of the players. I won't know all of them like I do at


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